William Sanford Piano Scholarship Recital

PAC Concert Hall

We are pleased to present the new William Sanford Scholarship Piano Recital. Ticket proceeds will benefit the William Sanford Piano scholarship, offered to outstanding new piano students at the undergraduate or graduate level. Scholarship awards are selected by the keyboard studies coordinator. The award amount and number of scholarships available is variable from year to year. For more information, contact the Music Department at (360) 650-3130.

Sergey Kuznetsov | Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Masterclass | Friday, April 11, 2014 | 12:00 pm
Concert Program

Sergey Kuznetsov
Sergey Kuznetsov was born in 1978 to a musicians' family. He received his first lesson at the age of four, and until 1996, had studied music at Moscow Gnessin School of Music, in Valentina Aristova's class.

From 1996 and until 2001, Sergey Kuznetsov had been a student in Moscow Conservatory at Prof. Mikhail Voskressensky's class, graduating from it with distinction.

In 2001-2005, Sergey took postgraduate courses in Vienna University of Music at Oleg Maisenberg's class and, in 2003-2005, the Moscow Conservatory postgraduate courses at Mikhail Voskressensky.

In 1999, Sergey received the First Prize at the A.M.A Calabria International Competition (Italy).

In 2000, he became a laureate of Alicia de Larrocha Competition in Andorra.

In 2003, Sergey Kuznetsov won the Second Prize at the 9th Concours Geza Anda in Zurich, playing in the final round the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 accompanied by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. This performance also brought him the Audience Prize and an engagement to perform at Lucerne Festival.

In summer 2005, Sergey was awarded the Second Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition after performing in the final round with the famous Cleveland Orchestra in the Severance Hall in Cleveland.

In November 2006, Sergey Kuznetsov won the Second Prize at Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.

Sergey Kuznetsov has been giving acclaimed performances in Russia, Spain, the UK, Belorussia, the Ukraine, Moldavia, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Turkey, Czech Republic, USA (Zankel (Carnegie) Hall, among others), Japan, Cyprus and in the Netherlands. He works with such musicians as the Shostakovich String Quartet, Ysaye String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Winterthur Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Ural Symphony, Berlin and Munich Symphony Orchestras and such conductors as Janos Fürst, Misha Damev, Maxim Vengerov, Nikolay Alexeev, Dmitry Liss, Theodor Guschlbauer, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Jahja Ling, Gustav Mak, Georg Schmohe, Gintaras Rinkevicius and Walter Weller. The pianist cooperates with prominent artistic agencies such as KD Schmid Hanover, Gosconcert, Pro Arte Frankfurt and participates in numerous international music festivals such as those in Kyoto and Yokohama (Japan), Cyprus, Merano (Italy), Z ürich and Lucerne Festivals, Ernen Musikfestspiele, Bodensee Festival, Irina Arkhipova Festival, Musical Olympus (Russia) and Lockenhaus Festival (Austria).

Sergey's performances have been broadcast on German-language Swiss Radio (DRS2), French-language Swiss Radio (RSR Espace2), Radio France, Czech Music Radio, WCLV, WQXR (USA) and Orpheus Radio Russia, Serbian Radio and TV and Mezzo TV.

At present, two solo CD's by Sergey have been issued with works by Brahms, Liszt, Schumann and Scriabin and a duo CD under Pan Classics label (Switzerland) with Ryoko Yano (violin).

Since 2006, Sergey Kuznetsov has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatory.

Concert Program

Sonata in G minor, op. 50 No. 3 "Didone abbandonata"
(Deserted Dido). Tragic scene (1821),
Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
I. Largo patético e sostenuto - Allegro ma con espressione
II. Adagio dolente
III. Allegro agitato, e con disperazione

Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor op. 23 (1892-1897), Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
I. Drammatico
II. Allegretto
III. Andante
IV. Presto con fuoco


Arabesque in C major, op. 18 (1839), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Kreisleriana (eight fantasies), op. 16 (1838), Robert Schumann
I. Äußerst bewegt (Extremely animated)
II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch (Very inwardly and not too quickly)
III. Sehr aufgeregt (Very agitated)
IV. Sehr langsam (Very slowly)
V. Sehr lebhaft (Very lively)
VI. Sehr langsam (Very slowly)
VII. Sehr rasch (Very fast)
VIII. Schnell und spielend (Fast and playful)

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